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Rickey - one of the 10 best of all-time?

Just how good was Rickey Henderson? Among the 10 best players in history if you count by the number of all-time records held upon retirement. Only 25 players in history have held at least one of the 17 major offensive records at the end of their career. Rickey is one of only NINE players to hold as many as three all-time records on the final day of his career. If you look at all 36 categories mentioned by baseball-reference.com, Rickey still ends up in the top ten.

Why are records held upon retirement an important way to look at statistics? Since all-time records are always broken at some point, the number of records any player is holding in 2009 (or in any particular year) is not nearly as important the number of records a player holds when he leaves the game. The number of records held at the end of a career is a measure of their historical status (their final mark upon the game) at the point when their totals can no longer added to.

SOURCE: http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders (progressive)
    
MAJOR 17 CATEGORIES
(AVG / OBP / SLG / OPS / GP / AB / PA / R / H / 1B / 2B / 3B / HR / TB / RBI / BB / SB)  
1 Cap Anson - 9 - GP AB PA R H TB 1B 2B RBI       
2 Ty Cobb - 8 - AVG GP AB PA R H TB 1B        
3 Babe Ruth - 6 - OBP SLG OPS HR RBI BB          
3 Hank Aaron - 6 - GP AB PA TB HR RBI          
5 Pete Rose - 5 - GP AB PA H 1B           
6 Cal McVey - 4 - H TB 2B RBI            
6 Honus Wagner - 4 - GP AB PA TB            
8 Roger Connor - 3 - 3B HR BB             
8 Rickey Henderson - 3 - R BB SB             
10 Ross Barnes - 2 - R SB              
10 Dan Brouthers - 2 - SLG OPS              
10 Barry Bonds - 2 - HR BB              
10 Billy Hamilton - 2 - BB SB              
14 Lou Brock - 1 - SB               
14 Stan Musial - 1 - TB               
14 Jim O'Rourke - 1 - R               
14 Lip Pike - 1 - HR               
14 Harry Stovey - 1 - HR               
14 Jake Beckley - 1 - 3B               
14 Sam Crawford - 1 - 3B               
14 George Hall - 1 - 3B               
14 Nap Lajoie - 1 - 2B               
14 Ed Pinkham - 1 - BB               
14 Tris Speaker - 1 - 2B               
14 Carl Yastrzemski - 1 - GP 

ALL 36 CATEGORIES
(including: SO / OPS+ / RC / ABR / ABW / XBH / OB / OW% / HBP / SH / SF / IBB / UBB / GIDP / CS / PS# / AB/SO / AB/HR / O)
1 Ty Cobb - 16 - AVG GP AB PA R H TB 1B RC ABR ABW XBH OB CS PS# O  
2 Babe Ruth - 15 - OBP SLG OPS HR RBI BB SO OPS+ RC ABR ABW XBH OW% PS# AB/HR  
3 Cap Anson - 13 - GP AB PA R H TB 1B 2B RBI RC XBH OB O     
4 Hank Aaron - 11 - GP AB PA TB HR RBI XBH SF IBB GIDP O       
5 Honus Wagner - 8 - GP AB PA TB RC XBH OB O          
6 Pete Rose - 7 - GP AB PA H 1B OB O           
7 Dan Brouthers - 6 - SLG OPS OPS+ ABR ABW OW%            
8 Barry Bonds - 5 - HR BB RC IBB PS#             
8 Rickey Henderson - 5 - R BB SB UBB CS             
8 Cal McVey - 5 - H TB 2B RBI OB             
11 Ross Barnes - 3 - R SB ABR               
11 Roger Connor - 3 - 3B HR BB               
13 Lou Brock - 2 - SB CS                
13 Billy Hamilton - 2 - BB SB                
13 Stan Musial - 2 - TB XBH                
13 Jim O'Rourke - 2 - R O                
13 Lip Pike - 2 - HR PS#                
13 Harry Stovey - 2 - HR PS#                
19 Jake Beckley - 1 - 3B                 
19 Tom Brown - 1 - SO                 
19 Eddie Collins - 1 - SH                 
19 Gavvy Cravath - 1 - AB/HR                
19 Sam Crawford - 1 - 3B                 
19 Herman Dehlman - 1 - SO                 
19 George Hall - 1 - 3B                 
19 Reggie Jackson - 1 - SO                 
19 Hughie Jennings - 1 - HBP                 
19 Wilie Keeler - 1 - SH                 
19 Nap Lajoie - 1 - 2B                 
19 Arlie Latham - 1 - SB                 
19 Andy Leonard - 1 - CS                 
19 Ernie Lombardi - 1 - GIDP                 
19 Fred Mann - 1 - HBP                 
19 Mickey Mantle - 1 - SO                 
19 Rabbit Maranville - 1 - O                 
19 Willie Mays - 1 - PS#                 
19 John McGraw - 1 - OBP                 
19 Mark McGwire - 1 - AB/HR                
19 John Morrill - 1 - SO                 
19 Eddie Murray - 1 - SF                 
19 Ed Pinkham - 1 - BB                 
19 Cal Ripken - 1 - GIDP                 
19 Joe Sewell - 1 - AB/SO                
19 Tris Speaker - 1 - 2B                 
19 Joe Start - 1 - AB/SO                
19 Sam Thompson - 1 - AB/HR                
19 Tommy Tucker - 1 - HBP                 
19 Ted Williams - 1 - OBP                 
19 Maury Wills - 1 - CS                 
19 Carl Yastrzemski - 1 - GP                 
19 Robin Yount - 1 - SF                

AVG - Batting Average
OBP - On-Base %
SLG - Slugging %
OPS - On-Base Plus Slugging
GP - Games Played
AB - At Bats
PA - Plate Appearances
R - Runs
H - Hits
TB - Total Bases
1B - Singles
2B - Doubles
3B - Triples
HR - Home Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
BB - Bases on Balls
SB - Stolen Bases

SO - Strikeouts
OPS+ - Adjusted OPS+
RC - Runs Created
ABR - Adj. Batting Runs
ABW - Adj. Batting Wins
XBH - Extra Base Hits
OB - Times On Base
OW% - Offensive Win %
HBP - Hit By Pitch
SH - Sacrifice Hits
SF - Sacrifice Flies
IBB - Intentional Bases on Balls
UBB - Unintentional Bases on Balls
GIDP - Grounded Into Double Play
CS - Caught Stealing
PS# - Power-Speed #
AB/SO - AB per SO
AB/HR - AB per HR
O - Outs Made

 * UBB is according to Rickey Henderson's Hall of Fame plaque (IBB was not a formal stat until 1955, long after Babe Ruth and others retired - which means UBB cannot be counted for any potential record holder other than Rickey Henderson) 

 

 

STAT    RECORD   NAME                 RETIRED     HELD RECORD  

AVG     .3664       Ty Cobb 1928 1911-current  

OBP     .4657       John McGraw 1906 1899-1922  

OBP     .4740       Babe Ruth           1935 1923-1945  

OBP     .4817 Ted Williams 1960 1946-current  

SLG     .5191 Dan Brouthers 1896 1887-1901/1907-1914/1917-1921  

SLG     .6898 Babe Ruth 1935 1922-current  

OPS     .9425 Dan Brouthers 1896 1887-1896/1898-1901/1903-1914  

OPS   1.1638 Babe Ruth 1935 1922-current  

GP       2523 Cap Anson 1897 1886-1914  

GP       2792 Honus Wagner 1917 1915-1925  

GP       3035 Ty Cobb 1928 1926-1973  

GP       3298 Hank Aaron 1976 1974-1982  

GP       3308 Carl Yastrzemski 1983 1983  

GP       3562 Pete Rose 1986 1984-current  

AB     10277 Cap Anson 1897 1887-1916  

AB     10430 Honus Wagner 1917 1917-1925  

AB     11434 Ty Cobb 1928 1926-1973  

AB     12364 Hank Aaron 1976 1974-1981  

AB     14053 Pete Rose 1986 1982-current  

PA  11319 Cap Anson 1897 1887-1915  

PA  11739 Honus Wagner 1917 1916-1924  

PA  13072 Ty Cobb 1928 1925-1973  

PA  13940 Hank Aaron 1976 1974-1981  

PA  15861 Pete Rose 1986 1982-current  

R     698 Ross Barnes 1881 1871-1881  

R    1728 Jim O'Rourke 1893 1882-1983  

R    1996 Cap Anson 1897 1894-1924  

R    2246 Ty Cobb 1928 1925-2000  

R    2295 Rickey Henderson 2003 2001-current  

H      869 Cal McVey 1879 1871/1878-1879  

H    3418 Cap Anson 1897 1880-1922  

H    4189 Ty Cobb 1928 1923-1984  

H    4256 Pete Rose 1986 1985-current  

TB    1122 Cal McVey 1879 1878-1879  

TB    4574 Cap Anson 1897 1882-1914  

TB    4862 Honus Wagner 1917 1915-1923  

TB    5854 Ty Cobb 1928 1924-1961  

TB    6134 Stan Musial 1963 1962-1971  

TB    6856 Hank Aaron 1986 1972-current  

1B    2598 Cap Anson 1897 1880-1923  

1B    3053 Ty Cobb 1928 1924-1983  

1B    3215 Pete Rose 1986 1984-current  

2B      132 Cal McVey 1879 1879  

2B      581 Cap Anson 1897 1882-1912  

2B      657 Nap Lajoie 1916 1913-1924  

2B      792 Tris Speaker 1928 1925-current  

3B        53 George Hall 1877 1877  

3B      233 Roger Connor 1897 1888-1904  

3B      243 Jake Beckley 1907 1905-1912  

3B      309 Sam Crawford 1917 1913-current  

HR        20 Lip Pike 1878 1878-1879  

HR      122 Harry Stovey 1893 1885-1886/1889-1894  

HR      138 Roger Connor 1897 1895-1920  

HR      714 Babe Ruth 1935 1921-1973  

HR      755 Hank Aaron 1976 1974-2006  

HR      762 Barry Bonds 2007 2007-current  

RBI      448 Cal McVey 1879 1875-1880  

RBI    2076 Cap Anson 1897 1881-1932  

RBI    2217 Babe Ruth 1935 1933-1974  

RBI    2297 Hank Aaron 1976 1975-current  

BB       18 Ed Pinkham 1871 1871  

BB    1002 Roger Connor 1897 1892-1898  

BB    1187 Billy Hamilton 1901 1899-1922  

BB    2062 Babe Ruth 1935 1930-2000  

BB    2190 Rickey Henderson 2003 2001-2003  

BB    2558 Barry Bonds 2007 2004-current  

SO       65 Herman Dehlman 1877 1877  

SO      656 John Morrill 1890 1885-1894  

SO      708 Tom Brown 1898 1895-1925  

SO    1330 Babe Ruth 1935 1926-1963  

SO    1710 Mickey Mantle 1968 1964-1977  

SO    2597 Reggie Jackson 1987 1982-current  

SB       73 Ross Barnes 1881 1875-1886  

SB      738 Arlie Latham 1896 1887-1896  

SB      912 Billy Hamilton 1901 1897-1977  

SB      938 Lou Brock 1979 1978-1990  

SB    1406 Rickey Henderson 2003 1991-current  

OPS+      170 Dan Brouthers 1896 1887-1909  

OPS+      207 Babe Ruth 1935 1922-current  

RC     1790 Cap Anson 1897 1881-1914  

RC     1884 Honus Wagner 1917 1915-1921  

RC     2522 Ty Cobb 1928 1922-1932  

RC     2719 Babe Ruth 1935 1933-2005  

RC     2892 Barry Bonds 2007 2006-current  

ABR       183 Ross Barnes 1881 1872-1881  

ABR       639 Dan Brouthers 1896 1892-1912  

ABR     1034 Ty Cobb 1928 1917-1929  

ABR     1388 Babe Ruth 1935 1930-current  

ABW        65.6 Dan Brouthers 1896 1892-1910  

ABW       109.8 Ty Cobb 1928 1917-1930  

ABW       130.2 Babe Ruth 1935 1931-current  

XBH       820 Cap Anson 1897 1886-1895/1897-1911  

XBH       993 Honus Wagner 1917 1912-1924  

XBH     1136 Ty Cobb 1928 1925-1926/1928-1930  

XBH     1356 Babe Ruth 1935 1931-1962  

XBH     1377 Stan Musial 1963 1963-1972  

XBH     1477 Hank Aaron 1976 1973-current  

OB       899 Cal McVey 1879 1878-1889  

OB     4433 Cap Anson 1897 1880-1916  

OB     4503 Honus Wagner 1917 1917-1923  

OB     5532 Ty Cobb 1928 1924-1983  

OB     5929 Pete Rose 1986 1984-current  

OW%    0.791 Dan Brouthers      1896 1887-1903/1907  

OW%    0.858 Babe Ruth 1935 1922-1945/1951-1953/1959-current  

HBP         43 Fred Mann 1887 1887  

HBP       272 Tommy Tucker 1899 1893-1900  

HBP       287 Hughie Jennings 1903 1901-current  

SH       350 Wilie Keeler 1910 1903-1919  

SH       512 Eddie Collins 1927 1920-current  

SF       121 Hank Aaron 1976 1967-1992  

SF       128 Robin Yount 1993 1993-current  

SF       128 Eddie Murray 1997 1997-current  

IBB       293 Hank Aaron 1976 1968-1998  

IBB       688 Barry Bonds 2007 1999-current  

UBB*     2129 Rickey Henderson 2003 current  

GIDP       261 Ernie Lombardi 1947 1933-1969  

GIDP       328 Hank Aaron 1976 1970-1999  

GIDP       350 Cal Ripken 2001 2000-current  

CS 25 Andy Leonard 1880 1875-1913  

CS       178 Ty Cobb 1928 1921-1922/1928-1968  

CS       208 Maury Wills 1972 1969-1973  

CS       307 Lou Brock 1979 1974-1998  

CS       335 Rickey Henderson 2003 1999-current  

PS# 28.06 Lip Pike 1887 1872-1882  

PS#        196.82 Harry Stovey 1893 1886-1926  

PS#        206.87 Ty Cobb 1928 1927-1932  

PS#        209.85 Babe Ruth 1935 1933-1959  

PS#        447.05 Willie Mays 1973 1960-1998  

PS#        613.90 Barry Bonds 2007 2000-current  

AB/SO 43.55 Joe Start 1886 1881-1882/1888-1925  

AB/SO 62.56 Joe Sewell 1933 1926-current  

AB/HR 46.874 Sam Thompson 1898 1895/1898-1902/1905-1914  

AB/HR 33.202 Gavvy Cravath 1920 1916-1921  

AB/HR 11.762 Babe Ruth 1935 1922-1997  

AB/HR 10.612 Mark McGwire 2001 1998-current  

O      5867   Jim O'Rourke 1893 1886-1887/1891/1893  

O      6902   Cap Anson 1897 1892/1894-1915  

O      7251   Honus Wagner 1917 1916-1926  

O      7718   Ty Cobb 1928 1927-1932  

O      7887   Rabbit Maranville 1935 1933-1971  

O      9136   Hank Aaron 1976 1972-1981  

O    10328   Pete Rose 1986 1982-current

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